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In Science this week, a University of California, San Francisco, team describes using single-nucleus RNA sequencing of tissue from the brains of autism patients to identify molecular changes associated with severity of the condition. They analyzed patients' cortical tissue and find that synaptic signaling of upper-layer excitatory neurons and the molecular state of microglia are preferentially affected in autism.

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An initial analysis suggests the novel coronavirus from Wuhan that is sickening people might come from snakes, a team of virologists writes at the Conversation.

DNA testing confirms captured Chicago coyote same as the one that bit a boy near a nature museum, the Chicago Tribune reports.

An analysis of Tibetan ice cores uncovers more than two dozen previously unknown virus groups, LiveScience reports.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of four children buried in Cameroon approximately 3,000 and 8,000 years ago, and more.